Night photography exposure guide: free cheat sheet

Night Photography: best ISO settings for low-light

Start improving your low-light photography today with our latest photography cheat sheet. Our new cheat sheet is a handy night photography exposure guide with suggested shutter speed times for a range of subjects you’re likely to shoot at the ISO settings you’re likely to use.

Most photographers see the setting of the sun as the end of their photographic day, but nothing could be further from the truth. As day fades to night, our towns and cities are transformed into a glittering spectacle.

Floodlit buildings stand out vividly against the ever-darkening sky, neon signs flicker their messages in lurid colours and busy roads are turned into streams of graceful light trails.

Our new night photography cheat sheet looks at many of the popular night photography subjects you’re likely to encounter when you head out under cover of darkness, and suggests the best shutter speed to use in that situation.

While night photography always involves a bit of trial and error, these suggested shutter speeds should get you in the right ballpark to capture great images.

To view the larger version of our night photography exposure guide, click on the infographic to expand the file – or simply drag and drop it to your desktop.

Night photography exposure guide: free cheat sheet


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  • Anuvab Ghosh

    Kindly tell me the, is it “Mins” or “Secs” on the row number 11.

  • Minutes!

  • What does the final row mean by “bulb” ?

  • Jason Taylor

    the setting where the shutter remains open for the amount of time you hold down the button.